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Trip Reports - 2017

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June 21 - Huckleberry Point hike
Huckleberry Point hike in Catskills. This was a beautiful hike and a very large group. We all enjoyed it but got tired! The trail to Huckleberry Point ascends a rocky road, then descends on a trail to a cliff overlooking a gorgeous view of the Hudson valley. We returned by the same trail, up then down. We were in luck to catch a few mountain laurels in bloom at the end of the hike near the cliff. Two of our group left early and didn't make the picture.

  Leader: Will Crowther, Will Crowther  Co-leader: Nancy Crowther, Nancy Crowther  Participants: Sharon Bonk, Donna Farber, Kendra Pratt, Kathleen Helfrich, Bob Fakundiny, Anne Finch, Mary Hanley, Max Morehouse, Diane Dollery, Mike Boucher, Rolf Weber, Lena Weber, Ellen Kozlowski, Claudia Rosenholz, Bill Colgan, Dee Portzer

Most of the gang, over looking the Hudson Valley

June 3 - Trail Work at At Schoharie Creek Preserve
Our thanks go out to the Crowthers, the stewarts of this special preserve which is under Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy management to help them with some troublesome areas to be found on parts of the trail there. We were very happy to do so, and hopefully by doing so helped make the trails a little drier and safer for those who hike there. The summer intern, Jake Hill, for the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy was very helpful.

  Leader: John Tifft  Participants: Mary O'Connell, Mary MacDonald, Will Crowther, Nancy Crowther, Kevin Cox, Mike Boucher, Jake Hill

June 3 - Trail maintenance at Schoharie Preserve
We had a trail maintenance session at Schoharie Creek Preserve, conservation land that is a joint project between AMC and Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. Many parts of the trail were wet, so the stronger volunteers loaded gravel into wheelbarrows, trundled them to the wet spots, and spread gravel there. A second project was to set the stepping stones in one steep section into the sand, resulting in a more step-like section. Two other people worked on putting up official plastic trail markers until they ran out of nails.

  Leader: Will Crowther  Co-leader: Nancy Crowther  Participants: Mary O'Connell, Mary MacDonald, Kevin Cox, John Tifft, Mike Boucher, Jacob Hill (from MHLC)

May 24 - Thacher Park hike
We met at Paint Mine parking lot and hiked up the hill behind the parking, looping around to the Overlook. We enjoyed the view there, then went on along the top of the escarpment to the Indian Ladder trail. We descended the stairs and hiked carefully behind two waterfalls. We then ascended the stairs at the other end and walked to the new Visitors' Center, where we had our lunch and viewed the exhibits. Bob Fakundiny taught us some things about geology. We then walked back to the cars.

  Leader: Will Crowther, Nancy Crowther  Participants: Anne Finch, Bob Fakundiny, Brad Mohr, Mary O'Connell, Lena Weber, Rolf Weber, John Halvorson, Doris Halvorson

The gang at the Overlook

May 19 - Invasive Species Removal
On a warmer day than expected we worked to help one of our members remove some invasive plants that have made their way onto her property. Along the way we gained some knowledge of those plants that were invasive as well as those that needed to stay put. Our thanks to Janet Angelis for this opportunity!

  Leader: John Tifft  Participants: Mike Boucher, Mary O'Connell, Janet Angelis

May 17 - First Survey of our section of the Taconic Crest Trail
What we found on surveying the trail was a great deal of ATV damage, as well as leaf backup on most of the runoffs. We attempted to drain the depressions in the trail caused by the ATV's although some were impossible to drain. It was a very hot day even at the heightened elevation and much credit is due to our intrepid workers who worked their way all the way to the summit.

  Leader: John Tifft  Participants: Len Silverstein, Mike Boucher, Jean Laverdure

May 10 - Mohawk Hudson Conservancy Preserves
On a "warmish' day we hiked the trails of Keleher Preserve (3.9 miles) and Bennett Hill (aprox. 3 miles) looking at the views north and east from Keleher. At Bennett Hill we found more wildflowers in bloom. After the hike, five us went to Jake Moon's to sample their wild ramps.

  Leader: Sharon Bonk  Participants: Gerry Weber, Anneliese Lawson, Janet Twadzik, Susan Phelps, Virginia Parsons, Ellen Kozlowsky

Overlook at Keleher Perserve

May 6 - Tree Planting on Land adjacent to the Hudson and Hannacroix Creek
On land adjacent to both the Hudson River and the Hannacroix Creek, we helped start a project designed to help stabilize the property from water encroachment from both the creek and the river. After planting the trees, we discovered how high the tide is even this far up the as we waded in almost knee high water back. There we were treated to a scrumptious feast for lunch by the owner of the land.

  Leader: John Tifft  Participants: Deborah Richards, Mary O'Connell, Jean Laverdure

May 3 - Huyck Preserve
Despite it being May, we had a blustery day with spells of showers and spells of sun. We were treat to a magnificently flowing waterfall with accompanying wet trails. There were few spring flowers to view but we found ramps, trout lily, false heliobore, red trillium, and little yellow flowers. By the time we reached the beach, grey clouds, wind and raindrops appeared and we ate hastily to reatreat into the woods, view the falls from above, and head to the parking lot.

  Leader: Sharon Bonk  Participants: Dona Farber, Bob Armao, Will Crowther, Nancy Crowther, Gerry Weber, Ellelllllln Kozlowsky, Peggy Reedy, Barbara Sabini, Ellen Kozlowsky

Below Huyck Falls

April 29 - Hannacroix Creek Trail Walk
Thanks to Deborah Richards who being familiar with this trail led us all on a leisurely hike at the Hannacroix Creek Preserve. Our hike included breathtaking views of waterfalls, and views of the Hudson. We ended up at property owned by Barbara Heinzen across the road who graciously offered us a place to have our lunch while she and her assistant, Eric explained the planting of native grasses she was engaged in. While there at the property we were treated to a viewing of the beaver lodge now ensconsed on her property.

  Leader: John Tifft  Participants: Deborah Richards, Laura Fiske, Annaliese Lawson, Laurie Dickerson, Donna Crisafulli

April 26 - Vischer Ferry hike
We met at the Vischer Ferry Hydroelectric Plant on Riverview Road in Vischer Ferry/Rexford, in spite of the threat of rain. Some people had trouble finding it. We walked on the towpath trail, between the Mohawk River and the old Erie Canal. We walked as far as a historical lock, and then turned around, for a total of 4.3 miles. and went back to the cars. We ate lunch on a grassy knoll overlooking the dam at modern lock 7 in the Mohawk, and the sky began to have patches of blue. Two hikers were on their first AMC trip and were happy to learn about the group.

  Leader: Nancy Crowther  Co-leader: Will Crowther  Participants: Gerry Weber, Diane Dollery, Mary Hanley, John Halvorson, Bob Fakundiny, Anne Finch, Donna Farber, Sharon Bonk

April 22 - Earth Day Trail Work at Fox Preserve
At newly acquired preserve located by the Mohawk River in the town of Colonie, we joined many other volunteers in the beginning stage of clearing a trail. We helped with leveling and lopping. We were fortunate to be joined by two potential members who enthusiastically joined in the effort.

  Leader: John Tifft  Participants: Elizabeth Frederick, Lindsay Freeman, Mary O'Connel, Mike Boucher

April 20 - Tom Ball Mountain 1933'

Our hike started at the Great Barrington (MA) Fish & Game Club along Long Pond Road. Short road walk led us to a wood road entrance at the Pond’s northern end. Going west along old logging roads, we quickly rose to the ridgeline. From here at a four-way trail junction, we went north soon reaching a tabled outlook west to the hills and valley of farms below. An overcast start now became sunny, blue sky day. A last few yards of tramp became bushwhack along patches of open, rocky ridgeline with ever expansive western views reaching to a summit cairn after 2.21 miles in 1:54 hours. We lunched warm back on open rock, enjoying views west to the state borderline of hills. A quick hike, we explored descending to Long Pond’s shoreline road managing 5.25 miles in 4:25 hours. All participants enjoying climb to new Berkshire heights.

  Leader: Jean André Laverdure  Co-leader: John Tifft  Participants: Ellen Kozlowski, Kathleen Helfrich, Deb Richards, Janet Angelis


March 18 - Niskayuna Trails Hike
With plenty of snow after Tuesday’s blizzard, we snowshoed from Lock 7 State Park to Blatnick Park (Niskayuna) by way of the trails up above the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway. Almost all of our trails were broken by a skier who unbelievably descended even into Shaker Gorge (we did not). Our hike was along a firm and frozen footing which when westward looking showed overcast and on turning away a blue and sunny sky; once atop Blatnick Hill, we reached an expanse of view over a frozen Mohawk River below. We returned by way of the Bikeway where hiking, not in but alongside the well skied track, was now possible, going for 3.3miles in just over 3 hours

  Leader: Jean Laverdure  Participants: Will Crowther, Nancy Crowther

February 8 - Schenectady County Forest hike
After ice and rain the day before, we changed this trip from a snow trip to a hike in boots with stabilicers. The weather was fine and we had a good time. We did the main loop at Schenectady County Forest, and also the "Boy Scout" loop -- an extra loop put in as an Eagle Scout project by a local boy scout. The total was about 4 miles. We then went to our nearby house for lunch with hot soup and bread.

  Leader: Will Crowther, Nancy Crowther  Participants: Dee Portzer, Anne Finch, Kendra Pratt, Anneliese Lawson

The six of us with a squirrel! Photo by Anne

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